December 06, 2014 - 10:58 AM
WEST KELOWNA - The West Kelowna Warriors struggles on home ice continue.
The Warriors laid an egg Friday before more than 700 fans at snowy Royal LePage Place, falling 3-0 to the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Their record on home ice is a mere 5-6-0-1 while on the road (including the two Showcase Games in Chilliwack) they're 9-3-0-4.
The Warriors had some jump in their game in the first period but did nothing with it.
They had chances but either missed the net, couldn't find the open man or shot the puck right at Salmon Arm netminder Angus Redmond.
The Silerbacks opened the scoring 13 minutes into the first period when Josh Laframboise banged home his own rebound on a Silverbacks power-play.
The goal stood up as the game winner.
Any life the Warriors had was quickly sucked out 37 seconds into the second when Chase Priskie's wrist shot from the right point hit something in front of the net and alluded Warriors goaltender Andy Desautels.
Karl El-Mir sealed in with two minutes left in the game when he hit the empty net with Desautels on the bench for an extra attacker.
The Warriors had chances when the game was 1-0 and 2-0 with the man advantage but again the power-play came up empty.
Their power-play is 14th best in the league on home ice connecting on less than 15 per cent of their opportunities.
Gough also believes some of the Warriors top players need to start playing like top players.
The Warriors, losers of three of their last four, get a chance for redemption Saturday when the two teams hook up again in Salmon Arm.
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